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USA February 2018: Toyota & VW Group stay afloat in market down 2.4%

Toyota Motor manages a 4.5% uplift in a negative market. The Tacoma is up 18%.

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U.S. new light vehicle sales return to negative in February and for the third time in the past six months after last October and December, down 2.4% year-on-year to 1.302.128 units which pulls the year-to-date tally down 0.8% to 2.457.013 units after gaining 1.2% in January. The Seasonally Adjusted Annualised Sales Rate (SAAR) is down for the second consecutive month at 17.12 million vs. 17.18m in January and 17.86m in December. It is however the sixth consecutive month above 17m, an encouraging stat that could point to a Full Year 2018 score above 17m after all. Passenger cars continue their freefall at -12.6% to 438.963 units and just 33.7% market share whereas light trucks manage to remain in positive territory at +3.8% to 863.165 deliveries and 66.3% share. In the detail, midsize cars are down 17.2% and small cars down 12.2% while on the light truck side, crossovers shine bright at +11.7% to 442.385 – outselling passenger cars – whereas SUVs are down 3.8% to 138.335 and pickup trucks down 4.6% to 206.111. Year-to-date, passenger cars are down 11.9% to 818.930 with midsize cars down 15.1% to 348.734 and small cars down 12.9% to 341.191, and light trucks are up 5.9% to 1.638.083 with crossovers up 12.8% to 843.074, SUVs down 2% to 262.579 and pickup trucks nudging down 0.3% to 392.942. Note luxury sales are among the healthiest in the market at +3.1% this month.

Jeep sales are up 12.3%, with the Compass scoring its first ever Top 20 according to BSCB records.

Group-wise, both General Motors (-6.9%) and Ford Motor (-6.8%) lodge steep declines but end the month on top, distancing Toyota Motor up 4.5%. FCA posting a 13th consecutive decline (-0.9%), Nissan Motor (-2.6%), American Honda (-5%) and Hyundai-Kia (-9.3%) lodging a 15th consecutive year-on-year drop are also in negative while the Volkswagen Group (+9.5%) posts the largest increase of any large group, followed by the BMW Group (+7.5%). Over in the brands ranking, the Top 8 remains unchanged on January, with Ford (-6.1%), Toyota (+4.4%), Chevrolet (-8.8%), Nissan (-4%) and Honda (-5.6%) in the lead Jeep managing the largest year-on-year gain by far at +12.3%, Subaru celebrates a 75th straight month of gains (+3.8%) and Hyundai the hardest hit at -13%. Further down, notice Alfa Romeo (+254%), Mini (+42.3%), Tesla up an estimated 36.4%, Volvo (+35.1%), Porsche (+20.5%), Land Rover and Mitsubishi both up 18.8%, Cadillac (+14%), Mazda (+12.7%) and Audi (+12.4%) – astoundingly celebrating 100 consecutive months of year-on-year gains. At the other end of the scale, Smart (-69.5%), Fiat (-42.1%), Jaguar (-37.3%), Lincoln (-23.4%) and Ram (-14.1%) suffering the harshest drops.

The Nissan Rogue manages a 2nd ever podium ranking in the U.S. Picture

The Ford F-Series goes agains the market and posts a 3% year-on-year gain to its largest February volume this decade. In contrast, the Chevrolet Silverado drops 16% and the Ram Pickup is down 15% to #4 like in January. At a stunning third place for the second month in a row (and ever), the Nissan Rogue surges 15% year-on-year to a new January volume record at 38.119, almost double its score of two years ago (21.561 in February 2016). The Toyota Camry manages a 4th consecutive double-digit year-on-year gain at +12% thanks to the new generation. At #6, despite having a new generation on the cusp of being revealed (set for end of March in New York), the Toyota RAV4 is up 13%, comfortably above the Honda CR-V down an uncharacteristic 19% this month.

The Hyundai Kona has reached U.S. shores.

Year-to-date, the Nissan Rogue leads the SUV race by almost 20.000 sales already, keeping in mind U.S. sales figures include the Rogue Sport aka Qashqai. Excellent performances in the Top 50 of the Toyota Tacoma (+18%), Dodge Grand Caravan (+20%), the Jeep Compass (+486%) scoring what is potentially the nameplate’s very first Top 20 ranking, the Jeep Wrangler (+17%), Mazda CX-5 (+69%), Honda Pilot (+49%), Subaru Crosstrek (+61%), VW Tiguan (+173%) and Nissan Frontier (+69%). The VW Atlas (#77) tops recent launches (<12 months) above the Toyota C-HR (#82) and Ford Ecosport (#125) up 83 spots on its inaugural month in January. In February we welcome the Hyundai Kona (#239) and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross (#266) into the U.S. sales charts.

Previous month: USA January 2018: Toyota and Nissan pull market up 1.2%

One year ago: USA February 2017: SUVs above passenger cars again, market at -1.1%

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Canada February 2018: Jeep, VW and Chevrolet shine in record market

The Jeep Wrangler posts another stellar month in Canada at +175%. 

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Following up on five consecutive record years and a new January record last month, the Canadian new light vehicle market doesn’t seem to want to slow down with sales up another 2.2% year-on-year in February to 126.026 units, the 4th consecutive February record Canada has posted. Accordingly, the year-to-date tally, up a sturdy 3.9% to 243.770, is a new all-time record after two months. Continuing on a years-long trend, passenger cars continue to skid down 6% to 35.879 and just 28.6% share whereas light trucks continue to gallop ahead at +5.6% to 89.651 and 71.4% of the Canadian market, figures being slightly lower than above as Desrosiers doesn’t include some luxury brands such as Tesla.

The Tiguan (+76%) helps Volkswagen up 32.3% in February in Canada.

Group-wise, FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles dominates for the second month running despite sales down 1.2% to 15% share, less than 400 units above Ford down 2.4% to 14.7%. General Motors posts another impressive score, up 8.8% to 14.3% and up 11.7% year-to-date. Toyota Motor (-1.3%), Honda Motor (+1.5%) and Nissan Motor (+6.1%) follow but it’s the Volkswagen Group that lodges the best performance at +27.2%. In the brands ranking, Ford remains leader by far in spite of a 2% drop to 14.3% share, well ahead of Toyota (+0.9%) at 9.6% while Chevrolet soars 21% to 8.7%, overtaking Honda (+2.5%). Jeep once again stuns with a 45.7% surge at #7, Volkswagen gains 32.3%, with Alfa Romeo (+2525%), Volvo (+34.6%), Tesla (+28.6%), Mitsubishi (+27.2%), Genesis (+25%), Audi (+21.9%) the other carmakers managing a 20% gain or more.

The Ford Ecosport is up 76 spots on last month to #72.

Unsurprisingly, the Ford F-Series remains the most popular nameplate in the country but, like in January, it posts an uncharacteristically steep 16% year-on-year drop. The Ram Pickup does a little better in 2nd place at -10% while the Honda Civic drops 5% at #3. The Honda CR-V (+5%), Chevrolet Silverado (+9%) and Nissan Rogue (+8%) on the other hand all beat the market while the Jeep Wrangler impresses again with a 175% surge at #10, remaining in 5th place year-to-date. Further down, the Jeep Compass (+1370% due to the new model), Subaru Crosstrek (+114%), BMW X3 (+98%), Mitsubishi Outlander (+78%), VW Tiguan (+76%), Audi Q5 (+72%), Ford Transit (+70%), Toyota Tundra (+65%) and VW Golf (+52%) make themselves noticed in the Top 10. The Nissan Qashqai (#25) continues to dominate recent launches (<12 months) head and shoulders, followed by the VW Atlas (#66), Ford Ecosport (#72, up 76 on January) and Toyota C-HR (#84).

Previous month: Canada January 2018: Honda, Jeep and Chevrolet soar in market up 5.9%

One year ago: Canada February 2017: New light vehicle sales do not weaken at +3.2%

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India February 2018: Maruti DZire post 6th win in past 7 months

The Maruti DZire could end 13 consecutive years of Alto reign in India in 2018.

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India confirms its sturdy start of 2018 with February wholesales up 8% to 273.753 units leading to a year-to-date volume also up 8% to a record 558.122 deliveries after two months. Once again Maruti teases the symbolic 50% market share at 49.9% thanks to a 13% uplift, distancing Hyundai at 16.3% (+5%) and Mahindra at 7.5% (+8%). Tata surges 45% to 6.5% share in 4th place, posting its fourth consecutive 30%+ year-on-year gain. On the other hand Renault (-35%), Honda (-19%), Volkswagen (-19%) and Nissan (-17%) are all in dire need of fresh metal. Luxury brands all do extremely well except Audi but their sales are estimates.

The new Maruti Swift has finally landed in India, landing its first podium since last May.

Model-wise, the Maruti DZire soars 26% year-on-year to snap a third consecutive pole position and 6th monthly win in the past 7 months, logically ranking #1 year-to-date with deliveries up 25% to 43.481, now almost 4.600 units above the traditional #1 the Maruti Alto. As logical as it is, this is the first time the DZire ever ranks #1 in a YTD chart in India and it could have a serious shot at historically ending 13 consecutive years of Maruti Alto reign this year. The Swift, whose new generation is finally available in India, surges 40% to #3 and the Baleno more than doubles its sales year-on-year (+106%) to land at #4. The Wagon R (+3%) closes a Top Five 100% Maruti ahead of the Hyundai Elite i20 (+28%) and Maruti Vitara Brezza (+16%). The Mahindra Bolero (+24%), Tata Tiago (+25%) and Ford Ecosport (+19%) also shine in the Top 20.

Previous month: India January 2018: Tata up 55% to highest share in over five years

One year ago: India February 2017: Hyundai Grand i10 up, Honda WR-V lands

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Brazil February 2018: Chevrolet & Volkswagen strong, Kwid up to #5

The new Polo (#4) helps Volkswagen up 29% year-on-year in Brazil this month.

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It’s a 10th consecutive positive result in Brazil with February new car sales up 14.6% to 151.691 units, the market’s 8th double-digit year-on-year gain in the past 10 months. This leads to a year-to-date volume up 18.6% to 327.237 registrations. Both Chevrolet (+18%) and Volkswagen (+29%) outpace the market atop the brands ranking, hitting 18.1% and 14.7% share respectively, but Fiat isn’t benefitting from the market’s recovery at all, with deliveries actually down at -8% to just 11.4% share. Below, Hyundai (+19%) is back up to 4th place, overtaking Ford (+16%) while Toyota (+10%) underperforms at #6. Renault soars 31%, Nissan is up 28%, Kia up 117%, Land Rover up 28%, JAC up 57% to return to #1 Chinese brand in Brazil and Volvo up 39%.

The Renault Kwid is up to #5 in Brazil this month.

The Chevrolet Onix remains the #1 car in Brazil by far but trails the market for once at +7% to 8.4% share. The Hyundai HB20 (+13%) reclaims the 2nd spot it held over the FY2017 off the Ford Ka (+14%) for only the 2nd time in the past 6 months and the new VW Polo confirms it is the brand’s new best-seller, managing to hold onto the 4th spot it hit last month. There is one surprise in the Top 10: the Renault Kwid shooting up 16 spots on January to land in 5th place, it did a similar stunt last September when it snapped the 2nd place overall. Regardless of the nameplate’s irregularity, this is good news for the French carmaker. The VW Gol retracts by 2% whereas the Jeep Compass (+39%) and Fiat Strada (+26%) post the largest gains in the Top 10. Below, the Fiat Argo already drops 4 ranks on last month to a disappointing #12, the all-new VW Virtus is up 75 spots to #34 while the Fiat Cronos is stuck at #123 for now (+6).

Previous month: Brazil January 2018: VW Polo storms into 4th place in market up 22.3%

One year ago: Brazil February 2017: Fiat Toro up to #7 in market down 6.8%

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Japan February 2018: Nissan Note repeats, Lexus and Mitsubishi soar

The Nissan Note posts a second concecutive month at #1 in Japan.

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The Japanese new car market slips down 2.2% year-on-year in February to 473.878 registrations, pulling the year-to-date tally further into negative at -1.5% to 873.418 units. Market leader Toyota is struggling: down 10.5% to 27.9% share which is the steepest decline in the Top 6. Honda goes against the grain with a 3% year-on-year gain in 2nd place, distancing Nissan (-2%), Suzuki (+0.7%) and Daihatsu posting a very strong 7.1% improvement. In 9th place overall, Lexus lodges the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 25 at +68.1% with Mitsubishi (+22.4%) also very solid in the remainder of the Top 10 whereas Mazda (-4.1%), Isuzu (-10.6%) and Subaru (-16.4%) all lose significant ground.

The new LS500H helps Lexus up 68.1% year-on-year at home in February.

Further down, Mercedes (+0.7%) remains the most popular foreign carmaker in Japan and the only one holding more than 1% market share but only ranks #12 vs. #10 over the Full Year 2017. It is followed by Volkswagen (-5.5%), BMW (-7.9%) and Audi (+5.8%). Lamborghini (+90.6%), Alfa Romeo (+68.8%), Chevrolet (+54.8%), Peugeot (+32.5%) and Jeep (+31.5%) shine but Smart (-84.1%), DS (-50.7%), Aston Martin (-26.9%), Porsche (-26%) and Jaguar (-25.5%) are hit the hardest.

First Top 30 ranking for the Suzuki XBee.

For the first time on BSCB we can share with you coverage of the 50 best-selling regular cars (up from 30). For the first time for this generation, the Nissan Note manages two consecutive months in pole position thanks to deliveries down just 7%, it is the 7th time this generation Note ranks at #1 at home, starting in November 2016. The Top 4 is unchanged on January with the Toyota Prius (-28%), Aqua (-2%) and Nissan Serena (-5%) in tow. At #6, the Honda Fit (+2%) is the only Top 10 nameplate to gain ground vs. February 2017, with the Toyota C-HR (-41%) posting the steepest decline.

The new Toyota JPN Taxi breaks into its home Top 50 this month.

The Nissan Leaf (+117%), Honda StepWGN (+72%) and Toyota Land Cruiser W (+63%) are the most dynamic in the Top 30. We welcome the cutesy Suzuki XBee inside the Japanese Top 30 for the very first time and for its 2nd month of sales in the country at #30 with just under 3.000 units sold this month. Among recent launches (<12 months), it distances the returning Honda Civic (#38), the Lexus LS500 (#43), Lexus LS500H (#45) and the all-new Toyota JPN Taxi landing at #50.

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Previous month: Japan January 2018: Nissan Note #1, Mazda CX-8 and Nissan Leaf shine

One year ago: Japan February 2017: Toyota Prius leads, CH-R climbs onto podium

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Australia February 2018: Holden drops to lowest ranking and share ever

Holden is counting on the new Commodore to reverse its freefall at home. Picture

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The Australian new car market shoots up 7.8% year-on-year in February to 95.999 units, narrowly missing out on the February record of 96.443 dating from 2016. The year-to-date volume however is a new record at 184.550 registrations, up 6.1% on the same period in 2017 and smashing the previous best of 180.816 established in 2016. One year ago, SUV registrations overcame passenger cars for the first time in Australian history. It has now become the norm, with SUV sales up 12.1% year-on-year to 39.800 units or 41.5% share vs. 34.491 (-0.7%) and 35.9% for passenger cars, while light commercials soar 13.3% to 18.707 sales. In terms of sales channels, private sales edge up 0.1% to 45.720 units just as business sales surge 16.7% to 39.597, rental sales are up 18% to 4.737 and government sales down 5.8% to 2.943. Petrol sales amount to 61.963 vs. 29.979 for diesel, 951 for hybrid and 104 electric (excluding Tesla who does not share sales data for Australia).

The CR-V (+149%) helps Honda to potentially its highest ranking ever in Australia at #6.

Looking into the origin of new car sales sold in Australia, Japan comes first once again with 29.229 sales (+11.1%), followed by Thailand at 25.675 (+19.6%), South Korea at 14.181 (+5.1%), Germany at 7.636 (+6.5%) and the U.S. at 3.853 (+7.3%), all stepping in as Australia shut down its local operations last year. New South Wales/Sydney remains the largest state in the country in terms of new car sales with 31.252 sales (+3.4%) ahead of Victoria/Melbourne at 28.451 (+14.2%), Queensland/Brisbane at 18.516 (+6%), Western Australia/Perth at 8.276 (+10%), South Australia/Adelaide at 5.665 (+5.8%), Australian Capital Territory/Canberra at 1.578 (+9.7%), Tasmania/Hobart at 1.491 (+11.8%) and Northern Territory/Darwin at 770 (+1.3%). All Australian states and territories are up this month.

The Toyota Hilux posts a 10th monthly Australian win in the past 12. 

Toyota unsurprisingly remains the most popular carmaker in the country, even outpacing the market with a 12.1% year-on-year gain in February to 19% share, followed by Mazda (-0.1%) at 10.3% while Hyundai soars 14.3% to 8.3% in third place. An excellent performance also for Mitsubishi surging 24% to 7.4% share at #4. Ford (+5.2%) takes 5th place above Honda delivering the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 20 at a gigantic +55.3% and snapping the 6th spot overall, the carmaker’s highest ranking in Australia in at least 15 years according to BSCB records. Chinese LDV (+126.5%), Alfa Romeo (+45.3%), Isuzu Ute (+37.4%), Mini (+24.5%), Peugeot (+17.3%), Kia (+11.7%) and Nissan (+9.9%) also outpace the market. Reversely, Infiniti (-76.5%), Jaguar (-44%), Citroen (-39.1%), Fiat (-36.7%), Land Rover (-23.8%) and Mercedes (-14.6%) struggle.

Not since it introduced its first model in 1948 has Holden ranked that low in Australia.

But the main event in the Australian brands ranking this month is the demise of the only true Australian carmaker: Holden. Ending local production in October 2017 after 69 continuous years, Holden has now almost exhausted its stock of locally-made vehicles and is waiting for the full effects of the new imported Commodore, a locally-tuned rebadge of the new gen Opel Insignia that started hitting dealership at the end of the month. Now a pure importer, Holden crumbles down 18.1% year-on-year in February to fall outside the Top 5 (#8) and below 5% share for the first time in its history, since the first Holden car was introduced in the country in 1948. If it weren’t for tiny advantages over #9 Kia (25 units) and #10 Volkswagen (69 units), Holden could have fallen further to #10. Saving the day are the Colorado ute (local slang for pickups) at 1.039 sales and the Astra at 1.008 while the newly launched Equinox doesn’t seem to be able to take off just yet at just 364 sales vs. 384 in January and 679 in December.

The Mitsubishi Outlander more than doubles its sales year-on-year.

Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux takes off at +31% year-on-year to post a 10th monthly win in the past 12 months, confirming it now has an iron-tight grip on the Australian market. Like in 2017, the Ford Ranger follows with sales up 21%, representing 59% of Ford’s sales in Australia this month. The Toyota Corolla (-4%) is the best-selling passenger car in the country above the Mazda3 (-7%) and Hyundai i30 (+9%) while the Mazda CX-5 holds onto the #1 SUV title, even gaining 13% and distancing the Toyota RAV4 (+7%) and Nissan X-Trail (+8%). The Hyundai Accent soars 48% to #9, the Nissan Navara is up 53% to #10, the Mitsubishi Outlander up 102% to #13, the Toyota Kluger up 109% to #17, Honda Civic up 70% to #18 and Honda CR-V up 149% to #19 thanks to the new generation.

Previous post: Australia Full Year 2017: Exclusive State by State rankings

Previous month: Australia January 2018: Toyota and Honda shine in record market

One year ago: Australia February 2017: SUVs above passenger cars, market dips 7.7%

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UK February 2018: Ford ignores surrounding gloom at +22%, Fiesta and Kuga up

The Ford Fiesta hits its highest market share in the UK in almost 4 years.

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The Brexit effect is nowhere near disappearing in the UK with an 11th consecutive month of year-on-year decline in February at -2.8% to 80.805 registrations, the weakest February score in the UK since 2015. Year-to-date, sales are down 5.1% to 244.420, and the situation is about to get much worse as the number plate change month of March hit all-time record levels in 2017 as registrations were pulled forward to avoid VED changes. Back to February: for once, private sales pull the market up at -2% to 35.277 units and 43.7% share vs. 43.3% a year ago, while fleet are down 2.5% to 44.554 and 55.1% share vs. 55% a year ago and business sales are down an abysmal 30.4% to just 974 units. Year-to-date, fleet sales behave the best at -2.1% to 134.073 and 54.9% share vs. 53.1% a year ago, with private sales down 7.1% to 104.682 and 42.8% share vs. 43.7% and business sales are down 29.8% to 5.665 and 2.3% share vs. 3.1%. Diesel sales continue their freefall at -23.5% to 28.317 in February and -24.9% and 87.020 year-to-date, as opposed to a 14.4% rise for petrol sales this month to 48.941 and +10.4% year-to-date to 144.833. Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles (AFV) gain 7.2% in February to 3.547 and 4.4% share, up 18.7% year-to-date to 12.567 and 5.1% share.

The Ford Kuga breaks into the UK Top 5 for the first time this month.

Brand-wise, Ford stuns with a fantastic 22% year-on-year gain to 14.9% share and over 12.000 sales. Volkswagen drops 4% but ranks #2 brand for the 9th time in the past 10 months, and its direct followers are the only two other carmakers posting double-digit gains in the Top 10: BMW (+10%) and Audi (+17%). Mercedes (-0.2%) outsells Vauxhall lodging another paltry month, down 23% to #6 for the third time in the past five months. Further down, Dacia (+139%), Porsche (+108%), MG (+68%), Mitsubishi (+45%), Seat (+36%) and Subaru (+29%) post the most spectacular sales uplifts while on the other end of the scale, DS (-56%), Nissan (-54%), Infiniti (-50%), Ssangyong (-38%), Renault (-37%), Bentley (-28%) and Jeep (-25%) struggle the most.

BMW sales are up 10% year-on-year in February, with the 3 Series in the Top 10.

In the models ranking, the Ford Fiesta confirms it is definitely on the mend with the new generation now taking a grip in the market. Up a stunning 21% to 6.4% share, the Fiesta delivers its highest market share and year-on-year gain since August 2014 (6.5% share and up 42%). In 2nd place, the VW Golf (-1%) posts a 10th consecutive month inside the UK Top 2, followed by the Ford Focus (+4%). The Mercedes A-Class gains two spots on January to rank #4, its highest ever UK ranking also hit last April. The Ford Kuga is up four ranks on last month to break into the monthly UK Top 5 for the very first time, beating its previous record of #6 hit last August. Below the Vauxhall Mokka X, Mini and Mercedes C-Class, the BMW 3 Series snaps a third Top 10 ranking in the past 9 months after last June and November, even though it drops 13% year-on-year.

Previous month: UK January 2018: 10th consecutive year-on-year decline at -6.3%

One year ago: UK February 2017: Golf pushes Volkswagen to #2 YTD, stable market

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Russia February 2018: Kia Rio reclaims top spot in market up 24.7%

The Kia Rio is back atop the Russian sales charts in February.

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New car sales in Russia shoot up 24.7% year-on-year in February to 133.177 units, signalling the market is decidedly in recovery. Added with a 31.3% gain in January, YTD sales are up 27.5% to 235.641. Lada beats its home market with a stunning 37% year-on-year gain to 20.6% share, the carmaker’s fifth 20%+ share in the past year. Below, Kia (+44%) and Hyundai (+43%) do even better and round up the podium but GAZ (+20%), Nissan (+19%), Renault (+17%), Volkswagen (+11%) and Toyota (+3%) under-perform. Ford (+50%) and Skoda (+39%) are the other two manufacturers gaining market share year-on-year in the Top 10. Further down, notice Ravon (+191%), Honda (+132%), Mitsubishi (+97%), Mini (+68%) and Peugeot (+40%) posting solid performances while among Chinese carmakers, Foton (+767%), FAW (+657%), Zotye (+286%) and Dongfeng (+183%) all take off but remain at or below 0.1% market share.

The Lada Vesta is up 66% year-on-year but down to 2nd place in February.

Over in the models ranking, after the Lada Vesta snapped its first ever monthly pole position last month, the Kia Rio, Russia’s best-seller over the Full Year 2017, reclaims the throne, roughly following the market at +28%. The Vesta comes in second place with a spectacular 66% year-on-year gain ahead of the Lada Granta (+30%), Hyundai Creta (+46%) and Solaris (+49%) all gaining market share year-on-year. The Lada Largus (+76%), Kia Sportage (+68%), Datsun on-DO (+53%) and Renault Kaptur (+45%) also shine in the Top 25 while the VW Tiguan (+45%) equals its best-ever ranking at #12, also hit last December.

Previous month: Russia January 2018: First ever monthly top spot for the Lada Vesta

One year ago: Russia February 2017: Kia Rio confirms top spot in market down 4.1%

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Turkey February 2018: Renault gains 19%, places Megane and Clio on top

The Renault Megane maintains its grip on the Turkish market.

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The Turkish new car market edges up 0.1% year-on-year in February to 47.009 units, meaning the year-to-date tally is now down a tiny 0.2% to 82.085 registrations. Renault remains the most popular carmaker in the country, posting a stunning 19% year-on-year gain to 15.6% share. Reversely, Volkswagen derails 19% to just 11.2% share, just above Fiat at 10.9% (-2%) and Ford at 10.5% (-4%). Skoda surges 76% to #7, by far the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 20. Land Rover (+101%), Jaguar (+100%), Jeep (+53%), Audi (+47%), Volvo (+42%), Seat (+39%), Subaru (+38%) and Mitsubishi (+30%) also impress.

After reaching 8.1% share last month (a record for this generation), the Renault Megane repeats atop the Turkish sales charts in February, up 33% to 6.4% keeping it well ahead in the YTD order at 7.2% share (+47%). The Renault Clio (+12%) is up 7 spots on January to #2, ahead of the Ford Transit (+19%) while the 2017 leader the Fiat Egea (+5%) is down two ranks to #4. In the Top 10, the Toyota Corolla (+44%), Renault Symbol (+24%) and Fiat Doblo (+16%) also post double-digit gains.

Below, the Peugeot 3008 (+424%), Audi A3 (+249%), Skoda Fabia (+134%), Octavia (+115%), Citroen C-Elysee (+82%) and Skoda Superb (+63%) post some of the most spectacular gains. Turkey proves reticent to new nameplates, with the most popular recent launch (<12 months) being the Skoda Kodiaq at a low #76, followed by the Opel Grandland X (#80), Mercedes X-Class (#103), Kia Niro (#105), VW Arteon (#111) and the Ford Ecosport (#114) new for the month.

Previous month: Turkey January 2018: Renault Megane up 66% to towering 8.1% share

One year ago: Turkey February 2017: Sedan variant lifts Renault Mégane to top spot

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Czech Republic February 2018: First podium for Dacia, Skoda Karoq in Top 5

The Skoda Karoq breaks into its home Top 5 for the first time in February.

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February sales in the Czech Republic are down 1.2% year-on-year to 20.201, making it the fourth negative month in the past five. However the year-to-date tally remains solidly in positive territory at +5.2% to a record 43.420 units after two months. Home-grown leader Skoda goes against the grain with a 7% year-on-year uplift to 31.8% share vs. 34.4% YTD. Below, Volkswagen tumbles down 26% to 8.4% but Dacia surges 18% and land on the third step of the podium for the first time in Czech history according to BSCB records. The French-Romanian low-cost brand knocks Hyundai (-3%) down to #4 and Ford (+2%) down to #5. Toyota (+24%) and Kia (+17%) also impress inside the Top 10 while below, Mini (+361%), Jaguar (+75%), Land Rover (+74%), Suzuki (+62%), Nissan (+48%), Alfa Romeo (+45%), Porsche (+41%), Citroen (+27%) and Mazda (+27%) make themselves noticed.

The Dokker (+53%) helps Dacia to its very first Czech podium ranking this month. 

The Czech models ranking has five Skodas in the Top 5, the brand’s best performance since having 6 in the Top 6 last May. The Top 4 respect the same order as in FY2017 and YTD: the Octavia (+2%) leads above the Fabia (+3%), Rapid (+20%) and Superb (-8%). The novelty is the Karoq crossover breaking into the Top 5 for the very first time at #5, equalling the Kodiaq’s record ranking hit in April 2017. The VW Golf is the best-selling foreign nameplate in 6th place despite dropping 2%, but is followed this time by the Dacia Dokker up 53% to #7, wth the Ford Focus (+78%), Nissan Qashqai (+109%), Dacia Sandero (+57%), Toyota Corolla (+208%), Dacia Lodgy (+173%) and Toyota Yaris (+111%) also posting spectacular gains.

Previous month: Czech Republic January 2018: Skoda Karoq up to #7 in record market

One year ago: Czech Republic Full Year 2017: Octavia #1, 4 Skodas in Top 4, record market

Full February 2018 Top 40 All-brands and Top 265 All-models below.

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